The Bay of Islands is both stunningly beautiful and historically significant.
With a sub-tropical climate, you can enjoy beach and water activities, explore one of the many nature trails, visit the ancient Kauri forests, swim with dolphins, charter a boat to go fishing or to explore the 144 different islands in the bay.
The first European settlers landed in this area and the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the Bay of Islands and is still celebrated every year at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Each town in the Bay of Islands has its own unique culture and lifestyle - from the more up-market lifestyle of Kerikeri, to bustling Paihia and the beautiful sea-side town of Russell with its fine old buildings and pretty waterfront.
In the far north is Cape Rienga with some spectacular coastal scenery and it is here that the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, sometimes generating waves up to 10 metres high during stormy weather. Walk or swim on 90 mile beach or try your hand at sand boarding amidst the dunes that fringe the beach.